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Flash Flooding Concerns Across The Desert Southwest, Rockies
August 14, 2022
UPDATED by WeatherBug Meteorologists
Deep monsoonal moisture will continue to lead to areas of flash flooding for the end of the weekend.
Showers and thunderstorms will multiply this afternoon from the Southwest and Great Basin into the Rockies. The additional rain is adding to the already wettest monsoon in ten years.
Flood Watches stretch from southeastern California, southern Arizona and west-central New Mexico to northern Wyoming, including Phoenix and Flagstaff, Ariz., Las Vegas, Cedar City, Utah, and Casper, Wyo.
In urban areas, flooding of low-lying areas, underpasses, ditches and streets are the main concern.
Backcountry hikers and those headed through rugged terrain should pay close attention to the weather. Runoff from heavy thunderstorm rain could result in debris flows, mudslides, and rapid flooding of canyons, normally dry washes, slickrock areas and burn scars.
If you will be out and about, be sure to keep an eye to the sky and look out for rapidly changing cloud coverage. If you encounter flooded roadways, remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” In some cases, the thunderstorm that leads to flooding at your location could be many miles away.